Vietnamese, Japanese Prime Ministers hold talks

08:42 | 02/07/2019 Cooperation

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 1 as part of his attendance at the G20 Summit and visit to Japan.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - Photo: VNA

PM Phuc congratulated Japanese people on the great event of Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne and the successful organisation of the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka. He affirmed that Vietnam always considers Japan an important, long-term and reliable partner.

For his part, PM Abe highly valued Vietnam’s position, role and external achievements over the past time, as well as its initiatives and active contributions to the G20 Summit.

The two PMs expressed their pleasure at the growing ties between Vietnam and Japan, illustrated by the signing of a series of cooperation agreements in the fields of health care, education, human resources development, and finance before their talks. They agreed to reinforce the bilateral political trust by maintaining high-level visits.

PM Phuc invited his Japanese counterpart to visit Vietnam and attend the ASEAN Summit in 2020 when Vietnam will play the role of the ASEAN Chair. PM Abe accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Regarding trade, investment and economic cooperation, the PMs welcomed the two sides to agree on procedures allowing the imports of Vietnamese lychees and Japanese apples.

Vietnam proposed Japan consider the early imports of Vietnamese longans, star apples, and passion fruits while supporting Vietnam to improve the quality of farm produce and develop high-tech agriculture. The Japanese side asked Vietnam to allow the imports of Japanese oranges.

The two nations agreed to continue working together to implement effectively Japan’s official development assistance (ODA)-funded projects in Vietnam and promote bilateral cooperation under the public-private-partnership (PPP) form.

PM Phuc affirmed that Vietnam will double its efforts to create a more transparent, open and favourable investment environment.

The two PMs also welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in building a basic legal framework to implement the specific labour skills training program.

The two sides agreed to enhance coordination at regional and international forums and promote relations between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Mekong River region. They agreed to jointly implement effectively the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and boost the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Before the talks, the two government leaders witnessed the signing of six documents, and the exchange of a contract for renewable energy projects between the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Theo NDO/VNA